Visa Photograph Requirements

The two identical photographs that you have to provide have to be in compliance with the following standard:

Photograph Quality

The photographs must be:

- taken within the last 6 months
- in colour (not black and white);
- 4.5cm high x 3.5 cm wide
- with the subject facing forward, looking straight at the camera
- in sharp focus and clear
- of high quality with no ink marks or creases
- printed professionally or taken in a passport photo booth
- of each person of their own;
- with a neutral expression with the mouth closed;
- taken with the eyes open and clearly visible (with no sunglasses or tinted
spectacles / the frames of spectacles must not cover the eyes);
- taken with nothing covering the face;
- taken of the full head, without any covering unless worn for religious or medical


Style and lighting

The photographs must:

- have appropriate brightness and contrast
- be colour neutral
- show your eyes open and clearly visible, no hair accross your eyes.
- show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
- be taken with a plain light-coloured background
- be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye


Glasses and head covers

If you wear glasses:

- The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames and wear lighter framed glasses if you have them).
- make sure that your frame do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head covering:

- are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of you chin to top of the forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.


Expression and frame

Your photograph must:

- show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.


Click here to download examples of accepted or denied photographs

Dernière modification : 27/12/2015

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